Inspired to Just Do Good!

“I have spent nearly 200 days in hospital. (almost 100 days in 2007 alone.) During this time; I was sick, misdiagnosed, operated on, had IV drips 24/7, and at stages was offered no hope or cure. I used visualisation, optimism and my passion for the ocean and life to overcome, survive and get out of hospital. I was lucky, I had something to live for! “ My Full Story here: ALL-HEART

In April 2016, as a middle aged, multiple cardiac surgery survivor, on the blood thinner warfarin, I sailed a tiny children’s Optimist dinghy over 200 Km in the open ocean. This represented each day I had  spent in hospital. My aim was to show people that small people can do big things.  We inspired patients,  kids and others to never ever give up, and we raised R300 000 for The New ICU at Red Cross Children’s Hospital.   Be a part of the journey and watch the trailer– HERE

Mission: To inspire many, raise funds for those in need, and to just Do Good!

Painting the Red Cross Children's Hospital

The painting of the facade of the Red Cross Children's Hospital is complete! Take a look at the behind the scenes footage of what went into this project and how the public came together to make this happen. A huge thanks to our Trust Ambassador Greg Bertish and all the sponsors that came on board, to make this project such a great success.

Posted by Children's Hospital Trust on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Optimist (noun): definition = An optimist is a person who engages in positive thinking, or “looking on the bright side” of things. Optimism is the outlook that good things will happen, even if the situation may not appear totally positive at the moment.

An Optimist Dinghy: definition = The Optimist is a small (8 foot by 3.5 foot), single-handed sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15. The Optimist (Opi) is known as a small Childs sailing dinghy, a bit of toy rather than a yacht. 

I want to use this Little Optimist children’s sailing dinghy as a metaphor and a vehicle to connect with kids, to promote positive thinking and belief, and to create a passion and purpose to overcome obstacles in life.

Through my work with children and The Children’s Hospital Trust, I have seen that many sick and scared kids (and everyday people)  have very little to fight and live for. They have no passion and no desire to get well and leave hospital, or even just to lead an inspired life.  As a child, I lacked confidence, had bad acne, was a poor student and  was bullied. Using my life changing experiences and adventures and with the backing of Warwick Wealth, I aim to inspire these kids to survive and thrive.  


A visit from the remarkable author of “The Little Optimist”!

Hout Bay International Primary School Talk Greg Bertish was the Primary School’s special guest at Monday’s Assembly. His messages to our children were “never, ever give up” and “stay positive”!  Listening to the extremely trying times he had with his heart operations...
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Redcross Thank You & Testimonial

Greg and the little optimist. I think of you and smile every time I arrive at work and look up at the fresh facade...of the hospital,  and I always feel grateful, not only for the fresh welcome, but moreover for what the wonderful work represents. Great thing paint...
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WPPS Talk & Children’s Book Testimonial

"On the way home from school, my 6 year old answered "fine" in a bored voice when I asked how school was...then a few moments later, "actually it was FANTASTIC!" And told me all about your talk! Thanks for all you do Greg...very wide ripples 👏👊" Nicola Milne ( mom at...
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Children’s Book Testimonial | Belinda Smith

Many many years ago we were in the same class at nursery school. Most of the kids names I can no longer remember, but I've always remembered you Greg. I loved those years at Kildare and believe they nurtured and moulded me, but am sorry school was tough thereafter for...
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Thank You Greg & The Little Optimist

From: Rykie Smit Date: Monday, 04 September 2017 at 8:46 AM To: Subject: Signed copy of "the little optimist" Dear Greg I would like to sincerely thank you for the copy that you sent our school of your "the little optimist". Bukho Ndiki...
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Herzlia Middle School Talk | Thank You

From: "Lisa Fainstein" Date: 23 August 2017 at 2:34:41 PM SAST To: The Little Optimist Subject: Herzlia Middle School Talk Hi Greg On Monday 7 August, Greg Bertish delivered a phenomenal and inspirational talk to pupils, staff and parents of Herzlia Middle School....
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Thank You Little Optimist!

Soon the Little Optimist will be sending them a whole bunch of Afrikaans and Xhosa books as...
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The Little Optimist Inspires Herzlia Middle School

2 August 2016 The kids, parents and teachers packed the hall to hear about how little people can do big things and how being fine is actually fantastic! Close on 400 grade 7 to 9 students laughed and sighed as the story of survival and doing good unfolded. The...
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